I work as a Shop Manager in the UK at a multinational luxury clothing retailer. My boss sat down with me and my managerial colleagues as she suspects some employees got poached from our store, and asked us if we saw anything. We said no. She reminded us to contact her if we see anything suspicious. I asked if she had any tips, but she said no special skills were required, "Just keep your eyes peeled".
I'm boggled by the Reddit comments quoted below. Obviously the scout wouldn't wear her own company's uniform. But how can she slip her business card without worrying about other employees noticing? What if her business card's forwarded to the competitor's legal counsel who may sue her in tort? IANAL, but perhaps tortious interference like inducing a breach of contract? Nuisance and trespassing torts?
And how can she get away with speaking in person to an employee? Other employees in the store can overhear.
Do these scouters have other tactics?
Solid-Liquid. 16 points 1 year ago
I’ve seen the Lowes store manager come into our store. He has told me if I’m ever interested, to let him know
QuanahParker80. 8 points 1 year ago
I've scouted Lowe's fairly regularly and have poached a few associates. Don't see how this is a surprise
Psykerr. 2 points 1 year ago
One of my old SM's used to try to poach from the Lowes across the road. He would hand his card out to anyone who gave him a glimmer of good customer service.
DollarSignsGoFirst. 60 points 10 months ago
Often times employees in these positions feel undervalued and overlooked. So having someone else say “wow you’re doing an awesome job. I’d love for you to come work for me at XYZ” sounds good because it’s a change and the person seems nice.
weedful_things. 15 points 10 months ago
The operations manager walked up to me to say how bad he felt that I have been working 60 hour weeks because they can't find anyone decent to hire. Sometimes the manager brings me an ice cream or a gift card. I told him that was like when a man beats his wife and takes her out to dinner the next day.